I have had so much fun reading in 2017, I have discovered some amazing new authors and read some of my now favourite books. I read a total of 67 books throughout 2017. I set myself a challenge of 24 books but I just found so many books that I wanted to read I couldn’t stop!
I am so glad that I have kept track of all of the books I have read because it means that I can share the books and my thoughts on them with you. I am just positing vague thoughts here, there will be links to full reviews if I have done them and there are no spoilers here. I mainly read fantasy and you can really see that from this list,and I can definitely see one big vampire themed period too!
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR 1) – Sarah J Maas
I was so happy to discover Sarah J Maas back in January 2017, and I have read a lot of her books over the course of the year. ACOTAR was billed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I love the world that Maas has created, her fae are enchanting to read about and I love the sassy dialogue between characters. The main character Feyre develops so much in the book, and the trilogy only gets better!
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR 2)- Sarah J Maas
After finishing the first book in the series, I started the second one straight away, and it was even better than the first one! I love everything about this book. I love that the book was lovely and long, and so many new characters to learn to love. I have to say that of all the characters in this series Azriel and Amren are my favourites. I love the relationships between the ‘inner circle’.
Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles 3) – Anne Rice
I was finishing a reread of this one off in January. I have to say that I didn’t enjoy as much I did when I read in years ago. I am not sure why maybe just a case of not being in the right frame of mind for it. I love Rice’s vampire mythos and I intend of read further in to The Vampire Chronicles.
Wintersong (Wintersong 1) – S. Jae-Jones
A retelling of the goblin king, I knew I was going to love this as I loved the movie Labyrinth. The mix of music and goblins and romance was amazing to read. I literally could not put this book down. It was magical and I was so heartbroken to read the last few pages. I still cannot wait for the second book in this series Shadowsong, which is out at the beginning of February 2018.
Uprooted – Naomi Novik
This is one of the few stand alone books I have read this year, I am not sure why but I just seem to prefer trilogies. That being said, I adored Uprooted, it was a gorgeous fantasy firmly rooted in Russian folklore. I could really related to Agnieszka she is a likable main character and such a strong female character.
Throne of Glass – (TOG 1) – Sarah J. Maas
This is the first book in a different series, and whilst it also deals with Fae and humans but set in a completely different world to the ACTOR series. I found it a little more difficult to get in to this series but it was stilll and enjoyable read and the series becomes epic in later books. The story starts with a female assassin and follows her journey through a dangerous tournament to try to become the king’s champion.
Caraval (Caraval 1) – Stephanie Garber
A wonderful enchanting story of two sisters and the legend of Caraval. The narrator is Scarlett the older of the two sisters and I fell in over with her, she is so selfless and determined. Tella is such a contrast to her sister and I would love to learn more about her personality. The tag line ‘Remember it’s only a game…’ is simply perfect. This is another one I couldn’t put down and I actually stayed up ridiculously late so that I could finish it in one go! Can’t wait for the sequel, Legendary, which is due out in May 2018
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe 1) – Rosamund Hodge
Another retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I just can’t resist these. I love this story it was magical and just so different. I love the main characters Nyx and Ignifex. The changed dymanic is what makes this story so interesting, as well as the world that Hodge has build for her story. Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler since birth, and trained her entire life to assassinate him. As you can imagine, not everything goes to plan.
Crown of Midnight (TOG 2) Sarah. J. Maas
The second in the TOG series and I love the direction this story took. More magic and more intrigue and I really loved the way that Celaena develops through the course of the series. The story is really intriguing and it really kept me wanting to know how the story was going to go.
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments 6) – Cassandra Clare
This book is an epic end to an amazing series, and I enjoyed reading the series so much. The world of the shadow hunters was so wonderful. I loved so many of the characters, Magnus Bane is one of my favourite characters. There are lots of other series based in this world and I can’t wait to read more books by Clare.
Heir of Fire (TOG 3) – Sarah J. Maas
Celaena’s adventures continues, and in this book the story gets a lot more epic and everything is on a bigger scale. I really started to love the series at this point. I felt like it really took off. There are so many interesting characters to follow and I found the whole world so interesting.
The Girl with All the Gifts (The Hungry Plague 1) – M. R. Carey
This one is a bit of a departure from my normal reading choices but it was an amazing read. The whole book was just incredible and really made me think with the questions it made. The ending though!!! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I was not prepared for that!
Crimson Bound (Cruel Beauty Universe 2) – Rosamund Hodge
Another fab fairytale retelling from Hodge, this time it’s Red Riding Hood. I really liked the take on this, but I have to admit I found myself wanting the story to go a different way. It was an interesting read and I love that the love interest had no hands, I thought Armand was well written. Although it’s listed as the Cruel Beauty Universe 2 is it not related to Cruel Beauty and you can read the books in either order. I preferred Cruel Beauty.
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
I have no words adequate enough to describe how amazing The Night Circus is, and how much I love the book. It’s so unique and I was amazed at every turn. I don’t want to give away anything but if you like magic, the circus and mystery then this book is for you. And who could resist a book which features the quote ‘trespassers will be exsanguinated’. I bought The Night Circus for my mum this Christmas and she loves it too.
The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
This is probably the only book I read this year, which I struggled to finish. About half way through I was tempted to give up, but I persevered and I am glad I did. The end of the story was interesting. The first quarter of the book was amazing but I felt that the pace just slowed too much. It had so much I love reading about, vampires, libraries, mystery but for me this one failed to hit the mark, which I am really sad about.
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer 1) – Laini Taylor
I loved the series The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Taylor, so when I heard that she was bringing out a book about a librarian called Lazlo Strange and a mystical lost city called Weep I just couldn’t resist. I loved this book so much, it’s incredible. What really got me was the words at the beginning of each part of the book, their with their meanings. They were so heartbreaking and so intriguing. I can’t wait for the next book The Muse of Nightmares.
Hunted – Meagan Spooner
And we have another Beauty and the Beast retelling. This time, however, we get both beauty and the beast telling their side of the story. It’s a good but short read, I wanted more depth to the story. It is littered with Russian folklore which is really interesting, and I just wanted to know more!
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3) – Sarah J Maas
I had been waiting for this one since reading the first two books in the series and I couldn’t read it fast enough. I loved returning to the story of Feyre and the world of Prythian. The story became even more epic and I loved learning more about old characters and meeting new ones. I was so sad when the book ended as it mean the end of the series, but there are to be more books based in that world so I can’t complain!
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3) – Sarah J. Maas
Yes, this is not a typo, once I had finished I reread ACOWAR again but at a more reasonable pace this time. I picked up so many things that I had missed the first time round and it was all the better for a second reading. I don’t normally do this for books, but sometimes you have to make an exception.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic 1) – V. E. Schwab
This book was a real treat, and for me it had a difficult book to follow with how much I love the ACOTAR series. I just love everything about this book, the main characters Kell and Lila, the idea of three Londons, and the villains were so evil I really did love to hate them! Magic, Parallel Universes and a whole host of morally ambiguous characters meaning you really had a lot to make your mind up about. Thoroughly interesting and marvelously engaging.
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse 1) – Leigh Bardugo
I love discovering a new, complete series or a new author who has a whole range of books already waiting there for you to read. I found this with the Grisha Verse and Leigh Bardugo. This series is heavily influence by Russian folklore and has a completely amazing and totally unique system of magic. I spend a long time wondering which of the Grisha I would be (because obviously I would be a Grisha if I were in the stories)
Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse 2) – Leigh Bardugo
As soon as I had finished the first book in the series I headed straight in to the next book. I love the Darkling and I have to admit that like Alina I was attracted to that darkness. I found the Darkling to be a really intriguing character and I was completely hooked by the story. The world is enchanting and I love that there are so many books set in the Grisha world.
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse 3) – Leigh Bardugo
The conclusion to the series, and although it didn’t end the way I expected it to, which was a bit of a shock. It was an amazing story though. And sometimes the unexpected is better! I was sad to say goodbye to Alina but it was a great series and I would definitely recommend it if you like magic, adventure and Russian folklore.
The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga 1) – Elise Kova
High Fantasy and Steampunk collide in this amazing adventure which follows Arianna, Cvareh and Florence across the world of Loom. I adore this book and reading it cemented Kova as one of my insta-buy authors. The two worlds and cultures she creates are just incredible. Magical, Monsters and Organ Harvesting – this book is amazing!
If you like the sound of this you can read my full review of The Alchemists of Loom.
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic 2) – V. E. Schwab
As soon as my copy of the Gathering of Shadows arrived I had to read it next. It was amazing – and the perfect continuation to the series. Schwab creates such an incredible set of worlds, and Red London is somewhere I would love to visit. Some new characters to adore and I fell that little bit more in love with some of old the characters.
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) – V. E. Schwab
Lucky for me my copy of the 3 Shades book arrived with the second so I could dive straight in to it. I don’t think I could have waited to read on. The story becomes even bigger, more magical and oh my world my heartstrings! To say that this book broke my heart is putting it mildly! I love love love this series!
Six of Crows (Six of Crows 1) – Leigh Bardugo
After a brief trip back to Red London I headed back in to the world of Grisha. This duology is all about pulling off a seemingly impossible heist, set in a world of magic and mayhem. I fell in love with Kaz and Inej and Nina and Matthias and Jesper and Wyland… ok everyone, I just love them all! Although there are little bits which tie through to the earlier Grisha Verse trilogy it’s not necessary to have read the Grisha Verse Trilogy before reading this duology.
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows 2) – Leigh Bardugo
Ok so I didn’t think anything could be more epic that Six of Crows but I was wrong. I fell a little bit more in love with all of the characters. And it was really refreshing to read a fantasy story which included a disabled main character – Kaz walks with a cane. I sometimes underestimate how nice it is to see a version of yourself in a book – I don’t use a cane but I do have a limp. I loved this world and I didn’t want to say goodbye to any of the characters when the story ended.
Roar (Stormheart 1)- Cora Carmack
I recieved this book with one of my Fairyloot subscription boxes, and I have to confess I had not heard of it. But wow I am glad it was included in my box. I love the world that Carmack has created, a world in which storms are sentient and sometimes malicious and power of the storms is the centre of power in the world. Aurora is an intriguing character and I can’t wait to see how she develops and matures in the later books.
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper) – Kerri Maniscalco
Creepy and wonderful. I am not sure how else to describe this book. I loved the story and the strong female character was a pleasure to read. It’s a take on the Jack the Ripper murders and in this story a young upper class girls, with the help of her uncle and one of his students, is trying to solve the murder mystery. I loved it (though it was a strictly day time read for me) I would have never guessed ‘whodunnit’ and the photos included throughout the story added that extra dimension of creepiness.
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls 1) – Maggie Stiefvater
Werewolves a little outside my usual reading preferences, unless they happen to included in a story about vampires. But I was intrigued by this series and I did like reading it. Though in places it was a little slow and I have to say the minor characters had more appeal than the major ones.
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls 2) – Maggie Stiefvater
The story picked up as it continued and I did learn to like the main characters a little more. The introduction of some new characters also helped to make the adventure more interesting. It was interesting to read a different take on werewolf lore.
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls 3) – Maggie Stiefvater
An interesting conclusion to the series and I have to admit it wasn’t what I expected. For me it all seemed a little too easy for the characters to fit the jigsaw pieces together and save the day. But I still enjoyed the read. Again for me the Isabel and Cole were more interesting for me than the main characters of Grace and Sam.
Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls 4) – Maggie Stiefvater
I was happy to hear that the 4th book in this series followed Isabel and Cole rather than Sam and Grace, however it made a near complete departure from the werewolf aspect of the earlier stories which was strange. And although I loved the characters and their relationship, I found that I wasn’t particularly taken with the story.
This Savage Song (Monster of Verity 1) – V. E. Schwab
This book was just as magical as the Shades Trilogy but something completely different. All about monsters, real monsters created from the evil deeds of humans. I mean what more can you ask for, I just love the world that Schwab creates to house her monsters. Kate is an amazing main character and although I felt a bit at odds with her wanting to prove herself to her father. August is so intriguing and him and his siblings, I could read book after book about them!
World Mythology in Bitesized Chunks – Mark Daniels
Ok so this one probably sticks out like a sore thumb, as it’s the only non-fiction book on my list for this year. I have an interest in mythology so I was intrigued by this one. Sadly it wasn’t as intersting to read as i had hoped. It was too short and some details were overlooked. The style was inconsistent and messy.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR 1) – Sarah J Maas
Another re-read… I find it interesting to read books a love several times (I have lost count of how many times I have read Jane Eyre). I think I am just enchanted by the world of the Fae in this series. Although I must admit re-reading this book after reading the second book is an eye opener as you catch things you missed the first time round and make you realise that you, like Feyre believe the lies.
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR 2) – Sarah J Maas
Again, upon reading this I found some much that I had missed. To be honest this is probably what happens every time you read a book for the second or however many times. But I have to say the more I read this series the more I fall in love with Rhys, Azriel, Cassian and Amren.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3) – Sarah J. Maas
Even better the third time round! Though I do thing that the second book in the series is the best of the three. I have to keep rereading this series otherwise I will burst with excitement before May 2018 when the new novella is published. I found that during my re-reads of the series I tend to skip over the ‘naughty bits’ which are luckily few and far between as it’s not something I really have any interest in reading about.
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls 1) Deb Harkness
So clearly August was a month of rereads, I think A Discovery of Witches is my most read book. I love the series, it has everything; millennia old vampires, powerful witches and daemons that walk along the genuis/madness divide. There is lots of tea drinking, history and yoga in this first book. And at it’s heart is a cross species romance which could change the world. Deb Harkness has created something really special here, and I have to say, if I had to pick a favourite book/series it would be this.
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga 2) – Elise Kova
The first book was epic and the second book had high expectations to live up too, and it surpassed them! I loved Dragons and found that learning more about the magical Dragons and their home of Nova was incredibly interesting. I love that Kova creates a world which is so at odds with our own and that of Loom too. Character development in this one is incredible, and in particular I enjoyed reading Florence’s chapters. She was so interesting to read and it was great to see how she changed during the second book.
Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody
This was another book which came with my subscription box, and I loved it. I was so intrigued by the blurb and the book was incredible. Sorina and her family of illusions are just so unique and interesting. The mystery was so compelling, I read the book so quickly I didn’t want to put it down! The twists and turns are just magical and I did not see them coming. I can’t to read more of Foody’s books in the future.
Nevernight (Nevernight Chronicles 1) – Jay Kristoff
I think I had fallen in love with Mia before Chapter 5. She is amazing and I love her with all my little dark heart. In Nevernight she is training to be an assassin in order to avenge the death of her father. The book is dark and evil and bloody and I loved every single minute of it. The Red Church is so evil I think that it would make your average Slytherin weep and head for home. Mia is now my hero and I could only dream of achieving her levels of sass and badassery. (that’s totally a word). And I just loved reading the footnotes from the narrator, they had me howling with laughter, and I thought it was a great way to add depth to the world.
Godsgrave (Nevernight Chronicles 2) – Jay Kristoff
So I waited with Nevernight, even though it killed me to wait, so that I could read books 1 and 2 together. And whilst I am glad I did, I am also sad that I have to wait for the 3rd book. I NEED it. Godgrave is just as epic as Nevernight and I fell even more in love with Mia in this one. More stabbing, more death and more sass – what more could you want? Well what about talking shadows (ok so I should have mentioned this before) but yes, a talking sassy shadow cat!
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire 1) – Mark Lawrence
So clearly what I needed after a duo of dark books was…. another dark book. This one is something different altogether, and whilst I loved Mia from Nevernight, I think you would be foolish to love Jorg, as he would most definitely use that against you. It was an intriguing read, one with an ‘anti-hero’ who we are supposed to be wary off. It was interesting to read from Jorg’s view and at times unsettling, but I think it’s good to read things that are at odds with ourselves. Don’t get me wrong by the end of the book I was rooting for Jorg, I just felt a bit bad in doing so! A fantastic grimdark fantasy and I can’t wait to read more.
An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson
And clearly because I was missing the world of the Fae, I was desparate to read An Echantment of Ravens, the cover is incredible and the blurb made me fall in love with the book before I had even read it! I loved Rogerson’s take on the Fae, she really captured the ‘otherness’ that is at the heart of the Fae. The Fae are inhuman, immortal yet yearning for everything thing that is human, to create, to feel and their even glamour themselves to look human too. Rogerson manages to make the Fae enthralling and eerie all at once. I loved it even more than I thought I would.
The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle 1) – Peter Brett
I headed back in to the depths of the dark for this one, literally. The Painted Man (or Warded Man as its sometimes called) is set in a world when come nightfall vast hordes of demons appear to feast on the humans. Long gone are the days when humans fought the demons and they simple survive, cowering behind their wards, the only protection they have against the demons. I found this story to intriguing but also heartbreaking. I loved the characters, they way they grow (this first book follows their early years) and I experienced heartbreak twice in this book, once for Arlen and once for Leesha. Leesha is another strong female character who follows her own dreams rather than societies expectations, and I loved that about her.
Brayan’s Gold (The Demon Cycle 1.5) – Peter Brett
This is a novella set in one of the ‘gap’ in The Painted Man, the story jumps forward a few years in that book and this story details one of Arlen’s adventures during that time. I really liked it, I loved learning more about Arlen and how he came to be like he is. It was almost too short though, I just wanted to know more about him and his earlier life.
The Great Bazaar (The Demon Cycle 1.6) – Peter Brett
Another novella from the Demon Cycle series, this one set in another of those gaps, and explores Arlen’s first journey to the land of Krasia the last place left where humans fight demons each night. It was an interesting read but I am not a fan of Krasia as much as the rest of the world the Demon Cycle is set in. For me it feels to barbaric and I felt some of the characters were difficult to relate too. The second book in the Demon Cycle Series is set in Krasia, following a character we first meet in The Painted Man, I detest the main character and have pretty much abandoned the second book mid way through (I still have hope I will finish it, but it is proving difficult.)
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR 1) – Sarah J. Maas
Another re read I am afraid, but happily for me I enjoyed it just as much this time round.
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR 2) – Sarah J. Maas
Again, same with this one. It’s the best book in the series and even now I am still finding new things I haven’t noticed before.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3) – Sarah J. Maas
I don’t know why I do this to myself but I am a glutton for punishment and no matter how many times I read this book it’s still going to break my heart.
Blood Rose (Blood Books 1) – Danielle Rose
Vampires and witches and a centuries old war. It was an interesting read, I am a sucker (excuse the pun) for vampires. It was a nice easy read, but there was nothing really which stood out to me. I A lot of focus on the romance aspect which is not what I normally read.
Blood Magic (Blood Books 2) – Danielle Rose
More magic, vampires and intrigue in this one. Again I think the vampires was the only thing really holding my interest in this one. Again is was a nice easy read though.
Blood Promise (Blood Books 3) – Danielle Rose
I actually found this one a little more interesting and the ending was a good one. I must admit that if it wasn’t for the vampires I wouldn’t have read the series. I do think that they are good books, but just not exactly my cup of tea.
Blood Captive (Ruled By Blood 0.5) – Izzy Shows
Ok so more blood but this time it’s vampires vs werewolves with blood mages thrown in. This is technically a prequel to the main series, but it was a great read and I like the way that the main characters Nina and Grayson’s relationship blossoms.
Blood Huntress (Ruled By Blood 1) – Izzy Shows
A world ruled by vampires, blood mages imprisoned because of the threat they pose and a pack of werewolves who train a blood mage to become a hunter of vampires. Nina grew up in the cells under the ruling vampires castle and is rescued by werewolves who then train her to go right back in to the Vampire Court as a thrall. I found the concept intriguing but felt like I wanted to know more of the world outside. Although the vampire court is discussed at length I found myself wondering how vampires or even humans lived outside of the immediate area.
Blood Slave (Ruled by Blood 2) – Izzy Shows
Everything goes up a notch in this book, as Grayson, the vampire prince finds out that Nina is a blood mage. Again although the main story was fun to read I felt that the world was a little underdeveloped, it was almost like everything was happening in a void.
Blood Queen (Ruled by Blood 3) – Izzy Shows
I wanted to like this book so much, and I did feel invested in the characters after all this was book 3.5 so I had spent a lot of time with them. But for me everything was solved to quickly and easily and the lack of a wider world was really starting to niggle at me.
Rhapsodic (The Bargainer 1) – Laura Thalassa
I guess it was the siren’s call that drew me in, as Callie is a Siren. I haven’t read much featuring sirens but I have to say I really enjoyed this story. From it’s frantic beginning, it’s a great story that starts with a murder, to the middle of the series – because the last book isn’t out yet! I love the way that Thalassa portrays the duality of sirens. I also am more than a little bit in love with the Fae king of the night too!
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer 2) – Laura Thalassa
Following on the story from Rhapsodic, and this time things are set more in the Fae world which I loved so much. It was so interesting to learn more about the Fae and the mysterious king of the night too. I loved getting to know more about other parts of the Fae world, and to meet more Fae and find out more in the mystery that Callie and Derek are trying to solve, it’s very creepy!
Emperor of the Evening Stars (The Bargainer 2.5) – Laura Thalassa
A novella in which we get chance to learn more about Derek, which was perfect. Learning more about Derek’s childhood and time before Callie. I think it added so much to the story and helped me to love Derek even more than i did (which was a lot!). I found the Fae world really enchanting and I was so happy to learn that there more books set in the same world.
The Unearthly (The Unearthly 1) – Laura Thalassa
Ok so I couldn’t wait to start The Unearthly Series, where we meet another siren Gabrielle, who attends the same magic academy that Callie did. Though unfortunately for Gabrielle everything goes wrong the night she dies. Again I love the way that Thalassa portrays the duality of sirens. I also love that Gabrielle is given the two most amazing friends in the whole world. A seer and a Fae. Oliver, the Fae is just the most fun character and I love how he is so sassy and the dialogue between him and Gabrielle is fantastic.
The Coveted (The Unearthly 2) – Laura Thalassa
I am so glad that I had Kindle Unlimited for the end of the year as it means I had access to the whole of this fab series. I just read all four books so fast. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but there is more magic, more chaos, more vampires and even the devil!
The Cursed (The Unearthly 3) – Laura Thalassa
The series carried on exceeding my expectations and we have more from the Devil, whose character I just adored. I love how Thalassa decided to write him, and at times reading this book I really felt like it was calling to the darkness, you find yourself almost wishing evil wins…
The Forsaken (The Unearthly 4) – Laura Thalassa
You would think that after, 7 siren themed books I would be getting a little tired of them, but oh no. I just wanted to read more and more about Gabrielle and Andre. The mix of siren and vampire was a great combination and the author gives a lot of time to the nature of good and evil and the duality of everyone, which I found really thought-provoking.
The Damned (The Unearthly 5) – Laura Thalassa
I was worried about ending this series, would it go the way I wanted, would it go the way I secretly hoped it would, and would it live up to the rest of the books in the series? Well I can tell you that it did, it was amazing – a truly fantastic ending. The series started off as three friends against the world and ends up as an epic battle between heaven and hell. I was sad to see the series finish but I really did end the year on a high note in terms of reading!
As you can see I have enjoyed so many of the books I have read this year. So many 5 star ratings. I hope that 2018 is just as good of a year for me, reading wise. I have set myself the goal of 24 books again for next year as i will be very busy towards the end of the year… check out my 2018 reading goals post if you want to know more!!
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